2012 loss drives Phoenix Power player onwards
KATIE Rose knows all about the highs and lows of sport.
She has played in Queensland Basketball League championships, and also tasted defeat in last year's final when so close to securing yet another title.
The Power forward has not played through all the years of the dynasty, but has certainly been a large part of the journey.
"This will be my fourth season (with the Power), I had a season off," Rose said.
"I was there for the first (championship) and then the last couple of years."
Now that the end of the QBL season approaches, the Power is knuckling down to try and regain the championship, likely having to beat rivals Mackay for the privilege.
Rose believes the team will draw upon last year's defeat to motivate themselves towards victory.
"After losing last year we want to win more and that keeps us motivated," Rose said.
Despite the drive being there for all of the Power players, the forward says that the team has still needed to be wary of not competing as hard as they should in easy games.
"It is hard keeping the intensity up but Jess does a great job, even if she is down she keeps us up," Rose said.
The belief is definitely on the side of the Power, not only because they have been there before.
Rose is pleased that the team that is put on court is second to none she has played in.
"Right up there, bringing Rachel (Pryor) in helps us stay strong but other teams have got stronger at the same time," she said.
There is one match left in the season, following a double win for the Power men and women on Friday night.
The women's side played poorly in the second half against the Gold Coast but did enough to take victory from the match.
"It was good for the young kids to get a run with Diana (Neves) and Nat (Hurst) out," Rose said.
Power v Gold Coast
- Women: Power 102 Gold Coast 91 (Jess Bibby 46 pts)
- Men: Power 74 Gold Coast 71 (Braydon Hobbs 25 pts)